Friday, May 23, 730 PM, The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St., Kitchener ON
SPECULATION - how absence can change an experience
SPECULATION is about what it means to empathize and understand another person. During the last eight years of her life, my mother lost her vision. As her vision declined, our communication improved, as though she could hear me better. I got a glimpse of the relationship we might have had, and I wondered if vision loss had changed her and the way she listened. In what would become a profound lesson in empathy and imagination, I rediscovered my mother’s life story as I came to terms with her death. SPECULATION is a reflection of this process.
Using a screen to separate the audience and performers visually, SPECULATION creates a space that draws attention to what can be experienced in absence. Live video of an ensemble performing works of Beethoven and John Cage will be projected onto the screen. This projection will be manipulated to simulate the experience of vision loss. The works chosen will be interwoven with a spoken monologue about my exploration.
Leslie Ting - producer/creator, narrator, violin
Majdi Bou-Matar - dramaturg (MTSpace)
Ben Chaisson - video designer
Jennifer Jimenez - lighting designer
Emily Rho - piano
Jeremy Bell - violin
Jerzy Kaplanek - violin
Christine Vlajk - viola
Mateusz Swoboda - cello
About Leslie Ting:
Leslie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry. During her studies she was a recipient of a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant for research in vision sciences, and as practicing optometrist traveled to Anna Regina, Guyana as a volunteer clinician with Canadian Vision Care. She then pursued studies in music in Montreal and was a laureate of the Concours de l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, and performed S. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with conductor Jean-François Rivest in 2010. As a chamber musician Leslie has performed in London, England as a member of the Adoch Trio where Strad magazine praised the ensemble for creating "fire without smoke." She has since shared the stage with Paul Neubauer, Scott St John and Paul Watkins.
Other performances have included on-stage theatrical productions in Montreal and Switzerland. Leslie also composed and performed original music for the short film Knife by Montreal-based filmmaker Nancy Baric which has screened in the US, Canada and Russia.
Currently based in Toronto, Leslie has toured with the Bicycle Opera Project, is a member of the Group of 27 chamber orchestra, appears with Pocket Concerts chamber music series and is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.